Featured Events

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Garden Music Nights

Wednesdays, June 13 to September 5
Tuesdays, June 26 to August 14

6:30 to 9 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Join us for Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues Wednesdays and Country and Roots Tuesdays! An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Get set for some award-winning jazz, blues, country and roots musicians in our lovely garden setting. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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RBG Annual General Meeting

Thursday June 21

5 p.m.; RBG Centre

Please join Mark Runciman, CEO of Royal Botanical Gardens and its Board of Directors as they review 2017 activities and share the organization's plans for the future. Learn More >>

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Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz

June 22 and 23

The lands and waters of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System are a Canadian biodiversity hotspot. We need your help to inventory what lives here. Join Canadians in this national initiative and put our area on the map. Become a citizen scientist and learn from our experts as we blitz these properties around the clock! Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Rejuvenated Rose Garden

Opening Weekend: June 23

Our centennial Rose Garden is getting a facelift! Watch this exciting project as it gets underway in 2017.The refreshed Rose Garden will allow RBG to interpret and promote Ontario’s innovation in sustainable gardening practices for visitors.

We can’t wait to present our rejuvenated Rose Garden, OPENING SUMMER 2018. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Annual Rose Show

June 23 and 24

Sat: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.; RBG Centre
Sun: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; RBG Centre

Experience the vibrant colours and amazing perfume of roses at the largest juried Rose Show in the area. Join the Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society Annual Rose Show. This year the show features an exhibition of cut roses and garden design.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Blooms Festivals

Weekends, May to July

Colour comes alive at RBG! Join us each weekend for tours of our signature collections as they bloom along with activities and entertainment for all ages. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Jazz Brunches

Select Sundays*

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rock Garden

RBG’s Summer Concert Series moves inside with the Jazz Brunches! Experience a sumptuous weekend brunch together with live jazz and the tranquility of Royal Botanical Gardens. *Next dates: April 29, May 6, 20, 27. Reservations Required. Learn More >>

Reservations Required

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Edible Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays, July 8 to August 27

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Visit our Discovery Cart in Veggie Village to learn more about tasty plants that are easy to grow and use in a wide variety of dishes. RBG’s Greenhouse Café presents cooking demonstrations on Sunday afternoons, while recipes are available at the Discovery Cart all weekend. Learn More >>

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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The Spirits of Paradise

Thursdays to Sundays, July 5 to 22

8 p.m.; Arboretum

Take part in a unique moving theatre experience along the shoreline of Cootes Paradise as we bring the past to life. More information coming soon!

 Tickets Required

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The Royal Quest

July 14 and 15

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum

Only you can save the seeds and the kingdom! our quest will require imagination, speed and agility to complete several physical and mental challenges.

 Tickets Required

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Lily Show

July 14 and 15

Experience the fragrant blooms of the Ontario Regional Lily Society's annual show. Marvel at the beautiful lily designs from amateur designers. Stems available for purchase following the show.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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The Enchanted Garden

August 4 to 6

Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you. Meet mystical creatures, participate in delightful activities, and learn the secrets of our Enchanted Garden.

 Tickets Required

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Shakespeare at the Rock

August 13 to 17, 20 to 24, 27 to 31

The historic Rock Garden provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of inspiring theatre under the stars. Don’t miss out on this highly physical and creative variation presented by Burlington’s own Tottering Biped Theatre. Learn More >>

 Tickets Required

Japanese floral display

Ikenobo Ikebana Show

September 22 and 23

Admire this delicate floral art with the Ikenobo Ikebana Society's annual show! Ikebana (Japanese floral art form) originated with Ikenobo over 500 years ago, beginning in Kyoto, Japan, as a Buddhist floral offering. Passed down through generations of the Ikenobo family and from teacher-to student, the teaching of Ikenobo has spread throughout Japan and around the world.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

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Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Show

September 29 and 30

The annual show put forward by the Hamilton and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society will be open to the public September 29 and 30. Blooms will be available for purchase after the show.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


The Great Pumpkin Trail

October 25 and 26

It’s a magical evening on the Pumpkin Trail! Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along our garden and South Bridle Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games.

 Tickets Required

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Tea Festival

November 3 and 4

Warm up with a hot cup of tea and sample different varieties from around the world. From green to rooibos, oolong to herbal and everything in between, learn all about your favourite types of tea with educational presentations.

 Tickets Required

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December 6

RBG's Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - with craft beer! Back for another year with a festive night of craft breweries, delicious food, great music, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for our important DDs!

 Tickets Required

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Holiday Traditions

November 17 to January 6

Join us for performances, Santa experiences, exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season.